Archive for June, 2014

Buzzed by Phantom Quadcopter

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

and this is what we get up to on a busy day at the office….

Aerial View of University of Hull from quadcopter

Aerial View of University of Hull from quadcopter

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Mantis Tiller modification

Monday, June 16th, 2014

A few years ago, based on the recommendations from my Bro’ at Groundscaper, I purchased a Mantis Tiller, it’s brilliant, but I have just one complaint which I think is a design fault, the plastic throttle body, which is built into the carburetor body, keeps snapping off, as this is a weak spot.

The petrol 4-stroke Mantis Tiller uses a Honda GX25 engine, which is common to many petrol operated garden tools. The problem is that Honda do not supply the plastic throttle body as separate part, and you need to purchase a new GX25 carburetor body, price from Mantis UK – £95!

The support man from Mantis, did state, they could be purchased on eBay for £10!

This is the replacement part I purchased from Hong Kong – here, if you look closely at eBay, there are some available with a metal frame here

Originally, I was just going to transfer the plastic frame from the new part to the old part, but it did not fit, so a complete carburetor body swap was required, but before fixing back onto the engine, I made the following mod, to strengthen the plastic throttle attachment (Thanks Mike B. for the suggestion!)

some pictures

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Let me take you down
Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real

(c) John Lennon, 1966



Okay, not exactly Strawberry Fields, but my allotment!

But it still my favourite fruit, and Beatles Song written by John Lennon!

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“Vyvyan, you bastard!”- RIP Rik Mayall – Goodbye, People’s Poet

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the sad news, that Rik Mayall died yesterday.

Saddened by the passing of Rik Mayall, here’s Andy’s Blog post….

Rik Mayall (far left) in the Young Ones

Rik Mayall (far left) in the Young Ones

“Neil! The bathroom’s free, unlike the country under the Thatcherite junta.”

Goodbye, People’s Poet

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